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The Magic Beans: the rock band


Gadfly. Lost Soul. Visionary. Absent Friend.
"Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity."
--- Hanlon's Razor

"This is one race of people for whom psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever."
--- Sigmund Freud on the Irish

"We are what we pretend to be, but we better be very careful what we pretend to be."
--- Kurt Vonnegut

"Publication is a self-invasion of privacy. The more the data banks record about each one of us, the less we exist"
--- Marshall McLuhan

“ does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority to set brush fires in people's minds.”
--- Samuel Adams

"If you're sad and you like beer, I'm your lady."
--- Isabella Rossellini

"We owe that to ourselves and our crippled self-image as something better than a nation of panicked sheep".
--- Hunter S. Thompson

"Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism" --- George Washington

"They who have put out the people's eyes reproach them of their blindness" --- John Milton

"We are all mortal until the first kiss and the second glass of wine." --- Eduardo Galeano

"There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness" ---Friedrich Nietzsche

Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies. -- Groucho Marx

Democracy is supposed to give you the feeling of choice, like Painkiller X and Painkiller Y. But they’re both just aspirin. -- Gore Vidal

Television’s perfect. You turn a few knobs, lean back, and drain your mind of all thought. You don’t have to concentrate. You don’t have to react. You don’t have to remember. You don’t miss your brain because you don’t need it. Your heart and liver and lungs continue to function normally. Apart from that, all is peace and quiet. You are in the man’s nirvana. -- Raymond Chandler

“Life is something that happens when you can't get to sleep. If you can stay in love for more than two years, you're on something. In real life, I assure you, there is no such thing as algebra."

"Very few people possess true artistic ability. It is therefore both unseemly and unproductive to irritate the situation by making an effort. If you have a burning, restless urge to write or paint, simply eat something sweet and the feeling will pass. Spilling your guts is just exactly as charming as it sounds." --- Fran Lebowitz

"The means of defense against foreign danger historically have become the instruments of tyranny at home.
The truth is that all men having power ought to be mistrusted"
--- James Madison

"If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear" --- George Orwell

"I'll play it first and tell you what it is later" --- Miles Davis

"But I, being poor, have only my dreams; I have spread my dreams under your feet; Tread softly because you tread on my dreams" --- William Butler Yeats

"Imagination and fiction make up more than three quarters of our real life" --- Simone Weil

Television tells a story in a way that requires no imagination; the picture on the screen and the sound provide all we need to know—there is nothing to fill in. Television staring engages eye and ear simultaneously in a relentless and persistent way and leaves no room for daydreaming. -- Witold Rybczynski

"Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy"--- Ben Franklin

"There is something to be learned from a rainstorm. When meeting with a sudden shower, you try not to get wet and run quickly along the road. But doing such things as passing under the eaves of houses, you still get wet. When you are resolved from the beginning, you will not be perplexed, though you still get the same soaking. This understanding extends to everything"
--- Yamamoto Tsunetomo

"We cannot put off living until we are ready.... Life is fired at us point-blank."
--- José Ortega y Gasset

"The miserable have no other medicine, But only hope." --- William Shakespeare

"If you scratch a cynic you find a disappointed idealist." --- Anonymous

"No one can terrorize a whole nation, unless we are all his accomplices" --- Edward R. Murrow

"Democracy doesn't work with dumb people and blogging is just asking for trouble." --- I.D. Flux

"There is a fine line between fishing and just standing on the shore like an idiot"--- Steven Wright


1. Powerful and Continuing Nationalism - Fascist regimes tend to make constant use of patriotic mottos, slogans, symbols, songs, and other paraphernalia. Flags are seen everywhere, as are flag symbols on clothing and in public displays.

2. Disdain for the Recognition of Human Rights - Because of fear of enemies and the need for security, the people in fascist regimes are persuaded that human rights can be ignored in certain cases because of "need." The people tend to look the other way or even approve of torture, summary executions, assassinations, long incarcerations of prisoners, etc.

3. Identification of Enemies/Scapegoats as a Unifying Cause The people are rallied into a unifying patriotic frenzy over the need to eliminate a perceived common threat or foe: racial , ethnic or religious minorities; liberals; communists; socialists, terrorists, etc.

4. Supremacy of the Military - Even when there are widespread domestic problems, the military is given a disproportionate amount of government funding, and the domestic agenda is neglected. Soldiers and military service are glamorized.

5. Rampant Sexism - The governments of fascist nations tend to be almost exclusively male-dominated. Under fascist regimes, traditional gender roles are made more rigid. Divorce, abortion and homosexuality are suppressed and the state is represented as the ultimate guardian of the family institution.

6. Controlled Mass Media - Sometimes to media is directly controlled by the government, but in other cases, the media is indirectly controlled by government regulation, or sympathetic media spokespeople and executives. Censorship, especially in war time, is very common.

7. Obsession with National Security - Fear is used as a motivational tool by the government over the masses.

8. Religion and Government are Intertwined - Governments in fascist nations tend to use the most common religion in the nation as a tool to manipulate public opinion. Religious rhetoric and terminology is common from government leaders, even when the major tenets of the religion are diametrically opposed to the government's policies or actions.

9. Corporate Power is Protected - The industrial and business aristocracy of a fascist nation often are the ones who put the government leaders into power, creating a mutually beneficial business/government relationship and power elite.

10. Labor Power is Suppressed - Because the organizing power of labor is the only real threat to a fascist government, labor unions are either eliminated entirely, or are severely suppressed.

11. Disdain for Intellectuals and the Arts - Fascist nations tend to promote and tolerate open hostility to higher education, and academia. It is not uncommon for professors and other academics to be censored or even arrested. Free expression in the arts and letters is openly attacked.

12. Obsession with Crime and Punishment - Under fascist regimes, the police are given almost limitless power to enforce laws. The people are often willing to overlook police abuses and even forego civil liberties in the name of patriotism. There is often a national police force with virtually unlimited power in fascist nations.

13. Rampant Cronyism and Corruption - Fascist regimes almost always are governed by groups of friends and associates who appoint each other to government positions and use governmental power and authority to protect their friends from accountability. It is not uncommon in fascist regimes for national resources and even treasures to be appropriated or even outright stolen by government leaders.

14. Fraudulent Elections - Sometimes elections in fascist nations are a complete sham. Other times elections are manipulated by smear campaigns against or even assassination of opposition candidates, use of legislation to control voting numbers or political district boundaries, and manipulation of the media. Fascist nations also typically use their judiciaries to manipulate or control elections.